Youth’s thousand-yard stare speaks volumes in WW I documentary

For all the talk of the talking in director Peter Jackson’s First World War documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, it’s a scene in which those featured in the film don’t say anything that resonates perhaps more than any other. It comes at the storyline’s transition from the war’s outbreak in 1914 and the...
  • Inside Afghanistan: Remember the Afghan translator

    November 9, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The night letters started arriving at his parents’ home in Afghanistan’s Helmand province soon after Ahmad Sajad Kazimi took a job translating for Canadian and other NATO forces fighting the war on terror. “Tell your son to quit his job and stop working for coalition forces,” one said....
  • Inside Afghanistan: Life and the art of the barter

    October 31, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Over the course of three Canadian army tours in their parched and war-ravaged homeland, Alex Watson came to know and respect the long-suffering Afghan people for their courage, resilience, devotion and unfailing courtesy. As a CiMiC (civilian-military co-operation) officer and later as a company commander...
  • John Stewart Hart:
    “The Spitfire every time”

    October 24, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Ask Canada’s last-surviving Battle of Britain veteran which aircraft he preferred, the Supermarine Spitfire or the North American P-51 Mustang, and the 102-year-old fighter pilot doesn’t bat an eye. “The Spitfire every time,” says John Stewart Hart, a Second World War squadron leader who flew...
  • Artificial intelligence: Transforming the battlefield

    October 17, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Artificial intelligence will have a profound impact on militaries around the world, and Canada is ideally positioned to wage the evolving wars of tomorrow, says the head of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command. In an interview with Legion Magazine ahead of a Canadian Military Intelligence...
  • The thinning of the Canadian Armed Forces

    October 16, 2018 by David J. Bercuson
    Late last spring there was discussion in the press about Canada’s policy disallowing non-Canadian citizens from joining the Canadian Armed Forces. One view put forward was that the current problem of maintaining enough recruits to keep the military at levels put forward by Strong, Secure,...
  • Policing the Medak Pocket

    October 10, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The images are seared into Bob Munro’s mind, as clear today, a quarter-century later, as they were then. It was the autumn of 1993 and in the aftermath of the bloody confrontation in Croatia’s Medak Pocket, RCMP Inspector Bob Munro (ABOVE) and his team of...
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